A soulful trip led by a wise guide

"Another gem from Chris Rodell. I've enjoyed all his books but feel that this one (The REAL Mister Roger's Neighborhood) stands out. A book like this is timely and needed in our world today. There's lots to learn here about Mr. Rogers, Latrobe, and how to live a good life. Rodell's soulful outlook is contagious and I'm better for having read this; you will be too. Not only does he illuminate the setting/life of Mr. Rogers, Rodell shares openly about his own struggles and how he's dealing with them. Rogers had a lot to teach us about life, Rodell does as well."

- Anonymous, Amazon Review

From Golf Pros to Crayons to 'The Neighborhood' – Chris Rodell's Writing is Good for the Soul

Chris Rodell is the author of six books, the most recent being "Undaunted Optimist: Essays on Life, Laughter & Cheerful Perseverance." Pennsylvania Gov, Tom Ridge says, "Rodell writes about life the way Sinatra sings about New York, unflinching about the gritty realities, but with abiding affection and relentless positivity abut the future."

A swashbuckling freelance writer since 1992, Rodell has rassled alligators, raced Ferraris, jumping out of cloud-cruising airplanes and in one week gained 20 pounds eating like Elvis -- all for the sake of the story.

Besides unconventional biographies on Fred Rogers and Arnold Palmer, his other books include "Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide To Simple Human Happiness," and "The Last Baby Boomer: The Story of the Ultimate Ghoul Pool," a 2016 satiric novel about the life and death of the last baby boomer (winner of the '17 TINARA Award for best satire).

He is a sought-after and entertaining motivational speaker. Rodell lives in Latrobe with his wife Valerie, their daughters, Josie and Lucy, and a small loud dog named Snickers.

He'll write for anyone who'll pay him. He is a PROSEtitute.

Pleasantly optimistic

"Life Lessons is the key phrase here. Chris Rodell whips together his own life experiences with tales of the legend that many of us grew up watching. At times, that pedestal upon which Mr. Rogers is perched seems to be awfully high -- too high for any of us. But the simple fact, repeatedly stressed by the author, is that it's not. I always enjoy the author's easygoing style of writing, and if you want to see what he's like before diving into a purchase, check out his blog."

- Dan Reiner, Amazon Review

Laughter therapy on steroids

"This book (Use All the Crayons!) is not exactly about crayons, nor is it about coloring in any tangible way. It's about living with gusto and enjoying every minute. It's about BEING HAPPY! Reading it makes me happy. It's one of my most precious purchases. I bought it because of a Sign. I noticed the book on the Red Room author site. What a cool title, I thought, clicking on to the book page. One line in the sidebar caught my eye: "I'm a Latrobe, Pa., writer ..." Latrobe is half an hour from where I live. Hmmm, I thought. I wonder if he belongs to the Ligonier Writers. Ligonier is up the road from Latrobe. Within two minutes I opened an email to forward to a writing group about an event sponsored by Ligonier Writers this coming weekend. Then I noticed the name of the speaker for the event and dots connected. Chris Rodell is going to teach us to write funny. Yep, Sometimes it takes a neon coincidence to get my attention, but it worked. I bought the book, and I've have been laughing ever since. You'll love it too. It will make you happy."

- Sharon Lippincott, Chilehead Adventurer

A Vonnegut for 2016

"I really can't say enough good (The Last Baby Boomer) things about this book. The premise — that a contest has been initiated to see who stands next to Martin McCrae, the Last Baby Boomer, when he expires — is not unlike Billy Pilgrim's trips to Tralfamadore in Slaughterhouse Five: wonderfully weird and unexpected, and also infused with both satirical hilarity and some broader truths about an entire generation of often confused humans in the West. And the Vonnegut comparison is more than apt: Rodell is capable of switching from ribald joke telling to pithy pathos often from paragraph to paragraph. I literally laughed out loud and discovered tears welling up in my eyes at various points in the first 50 pages. It's really an incredible work of artistic humor writing. Can't recommend it enough."

- Matt Stroud, Amazon Review